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Posted in News by luvmyplanet on 17/02/2011

Link Confirmed Between Warming and Heavy Storms

…Two new studies document significant impacts with just a fraction of the heating yet to come from the burning of fossil fuels. Fortunately, another new report shows the world can end its addiction to climate-wrecking fossil-fuel energy by 2050. …

Read more at the above link.

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Shame on the USDA (AGAIN!)

Posted in Food, Gardening, & Agriculture,News by luvmyplanet on 17/02/2011

It just keeps getting worse with the love affair between the USDA and Monsanto…

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved plantings of three genetically engineered (GE) crops in as many weeks, including Monsanto Co.’s Roundup Ready sugar beets and alfalfa that are engineered to tolerate Roundup Ready weed-killing herbicide.

The USDA on February 11 also legalized, without restriction, the world’s first GE corn crop meant for biofuel production. Biotech giant Syngenta’s Event 3272 seed corn will simplify ethanol production and is not meant to feed animals or humans.

Read more at TruthOut.

Some Good News for a Change

Posted in News by luvmyplanet on 14/01/2011

A huge victory in the fight against mountaintop removal mining (MTR) occurred yesterday, when the EPA vetoed what would have been a picture of destruction unlike anything West Virginia has experienced to date. The following is from an email that I received today from Friends of the Earth, one of the most progressive voices in environmental justice. As the excerpt correctly points out, this was the result of activism on the part of concerned citizens. It just goes to show that we should never stop lobbying to protect our planet.

The largest mountaintop removal project proposed to date in West Virginia, the Spruce No. 1 mine, was vetoed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This bold, science-based decision will save 2,278 acres of forest from destruction, prevent the burying of 7.5 miles of streams, and protect the health of Appalachian residents.

We wanted to make sure you heard about this victory because you helped make it possible.

Back in September, you sent messages urging President Obama and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to veto the Spruce mine — and end mountaintop removal altogether — in solidarity with citizens from across Appalachia and the nation who gathered in Washington, D.C. for Appalachia Rising, the largest ever mobilization to end mountaintop removal.

The EPA’s decision demonstrates what we can achieve when we work together.

An Important Reminder from TreeHugger.com

Posted in News by luvmyplanet on 27/12/2010

This Week’s Eco-News Roundup

Posted in News by luvmyplanet on 25/12/2010

Even those of us who follow healthy lifestyles fall ill every now and then, and this was my week of reckoning. This is what happened while was laid up on a diet of oranges and green tea:

Chromium-6 is Widespread in U.S Tap Water (via Environmental Working Group)

Related: EWG Finds Toxic Hex-Chrome in 31 Cities (via Environmental Working Group)

EPA Sets Timetable For Refineries, Power Plants to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions (via TruthOut)

WikiLeaks: US Ambassador Planned “Retaliation” Against France Over Ban on Monsanto Corn (via TruthOut)

Congress Bans Shark Finning (via Huffington Post)

Wilderness Rules: Obama Plans To Reverse Bush-Era Policy (via Huffington Post)

However, the news is not all good in the wilderness…
No Break for Polar Bears on Christmas: Habitat Sacrificed by New Offshore Oil Plan (via Tree Hugger)

…and the big weather stories of the week. Although the corporate media is too afraid to tie this to climate disruption, we know better. May our friends in California and Europe be safe!

State of Emergency Declared in Los Angeles (via Huffington Post)

Snow Paralyses Transport in Parts of Western Europe (via the BBC)

Latest Environmental Cables from WikiLeaks

Posted in News by luvmyplanet on 17/12/2010

While this one did not come as a surprise…

Guardian article:
“WikiLeaks Cables: BP Suffered Blowout on Azerbaijan Gas Platform”

Direct links to WikiLeaks documents:

this one did. When the Dalai Lama argues that Tibetan politics must take a backseat to the environment, you know the planet is in trouble.

What Bill McKibben Said!

Posted in News by luvmyplanet on 17/12/2010

First of all, my apologies. Yesterday’s post may have implied that there would be no more posts about COP16 on this blog, and I actually thought it would be for a while, at least. However, my daily digest from TruthOut links to a must-read by Bill McKibben. Here is an excerpt from his article (via Tom Dispatch):

As of January 2008, our best climatologists gave us a number for how much carbon in the atmosphere is too much. At concentrations above 350 parts per million (ppm), a NASA team insisted, we can’t have a planet “similar to the one on which civilization developed and to which life on earth is adapted.” We’re already past that; we’re at 390 ppm. Which is why 2010 will be the warmest year on record, almost a degree Celsius above the planet’s natural average, according to federal researchers. Which is why the Arctic melted again this summer, and Russia caught fire, and Pakistan drowned.

So here’s the thing: Just as in Copenhagen, Obama’s delegation in Cancún has been arguing for an agreement that would limit atmospheric concentrations of CO2 to 450 parts per million, and the cuts they’ve been proposing might actually produce a world of about 550 parts per million.

Entire article

COP16: The Final Installment

Posted in News by luvmyplanet on 16/12/2010

On Monday, “Democracy Now!” broadcast a wrap-up of the COP16 convention in Cancún. I must say that I applaud Bolivian ambassador Pablo Solón for his being the sole representative to reject the deeply flawed accord. Of course, many in the “establishment” are claiming the 190-country agreement to be an “good start,” as argued by Andrew Light on Monday’s broadcast. However, there are plenty of reasons to smell a rat here.

First of all, nearly two weeks ago, WikiLeaks released two very telling documents regarding events at the Copenhagen convention last year. One details plans for developed countries to essentially bribe developing nations with aid to adapt to the effects of the climate crisis in exchange for signing on to an agreement with no binding language and terribly weak targets. Another notes the “need to neutralize, co-opt or marginalize” nations such as Bolivia, Ecuador, and Venezuela, whose leaders were being “unhelpful” in implementing an agreement. Are we to believe that no such underhandedness occurred in Cancún? Are we to believe that COP17 in Durbin, South Africa will be free of such dirty deals? Call me cynical, but…

Secondly, scientists are telling us that, if we have not already crossed the point of no return on runaway climate disruption, we are frighteningly close. In other words, perhaps a “good start” would have been acceptable 22 years ago. However, it is now too late. We need binding agreements, drastic cuts in greenhouse gases (based on 1990 levels), and real effort put forth by everyone — NOW.

“Democracy Now!” in Cancún

Posted in News,TV and Film by luvmyplanet on 13/12/2010

As promised in Tuesday’s post, here is the remainder of the coverage by “Democracy Now!” from Cancún:

Wednesday, December 8

Thursday, December 9

Friday, December 10

Cop-Outs at COP16

Posted in News by luvmyplanet on 07/12/2010

As if 2010 was not a year for the climate disaster record books, it gets worse.  Not a single G-20 nation sent a leader to the COP16 conference in Cancún. Even worse, it appears that “Democracy Now!” is the only American news outlet covering the talks. Check out this segment from yesterday’s broadcast, in which host Amy Goodman echoes my sentiments on this utter failure of the media to cover the most important issue of our time.

To watch, listen to, or read the entire broadcast from yesterday, click here.

Today’s broadcast (7 December 2010)

“DN!” will be on location at COP16 for the remainder of the week. I will try to link to each episode as it becomes available.

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